Boys Basketball: Morgan Park storms past St. Laurence
By Bill Harrison For Sun-Times Media March 1, 2013 10:04PM
Updated: April 4, 2013 6:39AM
The question Friday night during the Class 3A Julian Regional final between top-ranked Morgan Park and St. Laurence wasn’t whether the Mustangs would win, but by how much and would they reach the century mark for the second straight game.
The Mustangs scored 110 points and won by 60 in their regional opener against Julian. The Vikings weren’t expected to fare much better.
An 11-1 run by St. Laurence in the first quarter kept the Vikings within three points, but after that it was all Mustangs. Charlie Moore would stand out in a 86-53 win.
The Mustangs (28-3) advance to the St. Laurence Sectional opposite Fenger. The Vikings close the season at 10-20.
“We have never won a sectional or supersectional, and it’s our goal to get downstate,” Morgan Park coach Nick Irvin said. “That’s been the motivation since Day 1.”
Up 16-13 after one quarter, the Mustangs picked up the tempo and went on a 31-9 second-quarter run. Moore hit three three-pointers from NBA distance for nine of his 13 points in the quarter. The Mustangs were in control 47-22 by halftime.
Josh Cunningham led all scorers at the break with 10 of his 12 points. Billy Garrett Jr. finished with 17 points, and Kyle Davis chipped in 14.
Lamont Walker, the Mustangs’ toughest defender, left the game during the first minute of the second quarter because of a leg injury. He had to be helped off the court and didn’t return.
“I came down and felt a sharp pain in my (right) knee,” Walker said. “I’ll be ready Tuesday.”
Jim Schick had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead the Vikings.